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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 04:40 AM

Free busing, new magnet schools, integration orders: MN agrees to $63M annual plan to settle Cruz-

Free busing, new magnet schools, integration orders: MN agrees to $63M annual plan to settle Cruz-Guzman lawsuit


Minnesota officials have agreed to create a metro-wide student busing program, establish four new magnet schools and order racially-isolated charter and district schools to integrate.

The plans, which emerged from settlement talks in the ongoing school desegregation lawsuit Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota, were introduced Tuesday in the House Education Finance Committee.

It’ll be up to the Legislature to approve the plan, which is estimated to cost $63 million a year.

“After two years and thousands of hours of mediation, we have the opportunity to achieve a significant positive result for children and avoid litigation,” Attorney General Keith Ellison told lawmakers.

Ellison warned that without a settlement, a judge — not lawmakers — could end up deciding what to do about metro school segregation. And a trial would cost around $10 million, he said.

Read more: https://www.twincities.com/2021/04/27/free-busing-new-magnet-schools-integration-orders-mn-agrees-63m-annual-plan-settle-cruz-guzman-lawsuit/

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